Alisha Drinkwater grew up in a multiculutral resource community in Northern B.C. and had a vantage point of the interplay between resource extraction interests and the need to protect our pristine aquatic environments from their impacts. With intention, she chose her career path as an environmental biologist with the federal government, to be positioned to evoke positive change within the federal management of Canadian aquatic resources. Since 2001, she has worked with Environment and Climate Change Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and National Defense. Alisha brings a strong background in environmental risk evaluation and mitigation for vulnerable ecosystems. She is currently working with a focus on marine environmental stressors (in particular, ocean noise which is a key stressor of marine organisms such as the critically endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale population). Implementation of UNDRIP articles are a key interest for Alisha, and she encourages every Canadian to challenge our learned history and seek the truths of Indigenous perspectives. Incorporating indigenous ways of knowing and continually seeking areas to improve meaningful relationships with Indigenous partners are imperative to creating and fostering our shared future.
Alisha and her family relocated to her spouses hometown in the Comox valley in 2015. her soul has been nourished by the absolute beauty and species richness here. Alisha was elated to be welcomed to the Project Watershed team as a Director in 2019. She is extremely proud of the cutting edge work that Project Watershed leads. What we collectively accomplish here, contributes to global benefit. She is not, however, all business all the time and is known for her distinct flavor of enthusiasm and has several creative outlets.